Find out what's on offer for SDE students
SDE signalled the start of a new academic year last week when 60 home tutors and 90 students converged in Charleville.
Students took part in activities ranging from martial arts, catapult building, swimming, worm investigations and assembling dinosaurs; teachers instructed home tutors on positive learning, IT, motivation and students' different learning styles.
"We are giving kids an opportunity to experience things they usually wouldn't,” deputy principal Sarah Norquay said.
"The students love to get together and try new things.”
Parents liaison officer Helen Cook said students need access to phones and computer cameras to make sure students are attending classes.
"Our classroom is 440,000 square kilometres,” Ms Cook said.
The school will continue to focus on bridging the gap in isolation, particularly for high school students, by keeping up with technology and giving high school students greater access to subjects taught at SDE's partner schools in Mt Isa and Longreach.